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New Star Books Fall 2019 / Winter 2020

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Writing and Reading
By (author): George Bowering
9781554201549 Paperback , Trade English General/trade Nov 28, 2019
$18.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 220 gr 176 pages New Star Books
Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000|Literature: history and criticism
In the course of a writing life that has spanned more than five decades and encompasses almost eighty books of fiction, poetry, history, and criticism he's written and another thirty that he's played an editorial role in, George Bowering has learned a thing or two about the craft.

Writing and Reading features thirty recent essays, ranging from a single paragraph to 12,000 words, spanning the range of the author's curiosity, which includes collecting, difficulty, film, painting, photography, music, and Vancouver's poets from Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars to the present day. Bowering writes perceptively about his encounters with texts, and writers, including David Bromige, Judith Fitzgerald, Gerard Manley Hoplins, Robert Kroetsch, Michael Ondaatje, Joe Rosenblatt, and every book he read in 1967, Canada's centennial year.

Running through Writing and Reading is the theme of reading — and paying attention — and its centrality to any writing practice.

Born in 1935 and raised in the southern Okanagan town of Oliver, BC, George Bowering has won the Governor-General’s Award for both Poetry (in 1969, for Rocky Mountain Foot) and Fiction (in 1980, for Burning Water).

George Bowering was Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet-Laureate, and is a member of the Order of Canada as well as the Order of British Columbia. His most recent books include No One (fiction, 2018), Ten Women (short stories, 2015), The World, I Guess (poetry, 2015), and, with George Stanley, Some End / West Broadway (poetry, 2018).

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"What's fun to read is the pleasure Bowering takes in writing as 'an old coot' — after long years in the writing game, he can laugh at himself. But the poet-professor still has veteran chops and can use an offbeat, apparently unrelated story to suddenly crystallize his point. ... It's artful writing about writing and reading from a guy who remains an indelible part-of-the-scene." — Trevor Carolan, subTerrain

"The volume is an important addition to his body of late work. Whatever his idiosyncrasies, Bowering is never dull." — Nicholas Bradley, The Ormsby Review

"And it's exactly this sort of wide-eyed freshness that makes it easy to keep coming back to this book, dipping into it for a little bit more, a little bit more. I suppose that's one of the beauties about a book like this. You don't need to read it front to back. You can poke around, sampling a bit of this, and then go back for a bit more of that when you're ready." — Heidi Greco, BC Bookworld

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